Dear Mom Spark, a PR company asked me not to disclose

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Dear Mom Spark,

A few weeks ago, I was approached by a PR rep to write a sponsored blog post.  After a few email exchanges, I was told that I was not to disclose that I received payment for the post.  I felt extremely uncomfortable at that point and backed out. (I told the PR rep that I would not feel comfortable doing it)

Shortly after, I started seeing bloggers posting the same sponsored post without a disclosure!!!  I couldn’t believe that so many ended up doing it without a disclosure.

I have honestly been in shock since this has happened and I have NO IDEA what to do. Should I blog about it?  Approach the bloggers who didn’t disclose? (some are actually my online friends)  I feel so disturbed and unsettled that I’m not sure what to do at this point.

What would you do?



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